Chef Brian O’Connor’s Bok a Bok Fried Chicken is in expansion mode again, this time with a new restaurant coming to the University District. The growing fast-casual chainlet specializing in crispy Korean fried chicken, rice bowls, sandwiches, and kimchi mac and cheese, will open its latest location in the former home of Pizza Ragazzi on Thursday, September 5.
The new location (5201 University Way NE) will be the company’s fourth in the area. O’Connor also operates Bok a Bok outposts in White Center, Capitol Hill, and Burien. Each space is fairly small, with a bare-bones aesthetic of white walls alternating with wood paneling plus pops of bright red via standard metal stools. Starting Thursday, the U District restaurant will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The menu will be the same as the other spots, with fried chicken in a variety of formats: fried chicken strips, drumsticks, wings, and thighs with sweet and spicy sauce selections; fried chicken sandwiches; and rice bowls. The rest of the menu sticks with the slight Southern comfort food spin on things, featuring buttermilk biscuits, ginger coleslaw, tater tots, and kimchi mac and cheese. Drinks include Jones sodas, toasted barley sweet tea, beer, wine, and boozy slushies.